Where Can I Find Free Online Courses in 3D Multimedia?

Several accredited schools feature free online courses in 3D multimedia. Among them are Utah State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These undergraduate and graduate courses can be completed at your own pace, and include downloadable materials you can use to assist in your learning. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Why tell a story using only words when you can do it with several communication mediums simultaneously? You can blend video, graphics, images, sound and text to make presentations, create art and entertain people. Strengthen your knowledge of 3D multimedia with the following free, online courses. Noncredit courses like these might include video and/or audio lectures and handouts. You might need PowerPoint to access certain course materials, and some classes require Flash software, cameras or other special equipment. Some classes were designed so students could collaborate on class assignments and participate in labs, so you may not be able to get the full scope of how to perform certain technical tasks.


Utah State University

A course in Interactive Multimedia Production, once offered for-credit, is now available as a free OpenCourseWare (OCW) class that you can study at your convenience. You will need Adobe Flash 9 (CS3) for this course.

What Will I Learn?

The course teaches you to use Flash software to create and integrate animation, graphics and video into Web pages. Topics cover Flash's basic programming ideas, including commenting code, variable types and code re-use.

What Assignments Are Included?

Assignments are included for each topic covered in the class. For example, there are assignment activities on advanced drawing and tweening, advanced animation and graphic symbols, movie clips, dot syntax and dynamic texts. A final project and project documentation is also part of this course.

What Materials Are Provided?

The course includes handouts, PowerPoint files and streaming video of lecture notes in html and zip format. Details on assignment activities can be found on these materials.

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

NJIT offers a course in Advanced Online Design that includes materials used in the for-credit version, originally taught to graduate students on campus. You need some visual design skills prior to studying this course.

What Topics Are Covered?

You can learn to use multimedia software to design several projects and build online communities. Topics include making screencaps, PDF documents and podcasts in addition to various photo editing techniques.

What Assignments Are Included?

Assignments include a portfolio website that showcases examples of various multimedia formats, such as podcasts, PDF documents, audiovisual tutorials and images. The coursework also asks you to describe the characteristics of two good websites and one bad website.

What Materials Are Provided?

The course provides video lectures and PDF tutorials on topics such as multimedia, Web 2.0 technologies, podcasting and image editing. You can access a link to lecture podcasts on iTunes as well as links to free software you can use to complete assignments.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Available to both undergrads and graduate students, MIT's Computational Camera and Photography OCW course requires prior understanding of algorithms and photo technology. You will need to acquire the cameras and equipment used in this course.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn the basics of computational cameras, which you can use to photograph images for multimedia projects. The course also covers different types of cameras - including 3D range-sensing cameras - as well as optics, sensors and light sources.

What Assignments Are Included?

The course assigns a project that uses computational photo technology along with a multimedia presentation that can include images, text, animation and video. Four homework assignments cover optics, relighting, multispectral imaging and multi-flash cameras.

What Materials Are Provided?

Lecture notes are available as audio recordings and slides presented in PDF format. Resources include links to introductory material on computational cameras, PDF documents and videos on computational photography.

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